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Interesting, I just rebuilt one and mine does not have a nut just a bracket that compresses the upper bearing held in place by the heavy spring?
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Originally posted by apd6545 apd6545 wrote:

Interesting, I just rebuilt one and mine does not have a nut just a bracket that compresses the upper bearing held in place by the heavy spring?
 


Early 70 was the last time that they used the nut...



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I just took apart and cleaned my tilt steering column.  When I was done I found one single ball bearing on my table. It’s from one of the upper bearings.    The steering wheel works great now. Will it be ok missing one out of 30 bearings ?  I really don’t want to take it all back apart 
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I would leave it as it is but then again, I don't use a seat belt .

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You may notice a little extra play in the shaft
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There’s no extra play. It’s tight 
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I dont think it will be noticeable. But I would fix it.
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Originally posted by 1970390amx 1970390amx wrote:

I dont think it will be noticeable. But I would fix it.


I'd fix it too. I've made mistakes on a few of the 15 or 20 that I've rebuilt and always taken them back apart to fix my mistakes when I made them. failure is not an option, especially when I fix them..

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Carlmac369 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/26/2021 at 8:26pm
Some great info here in this thread.  I remember the first time I ever got inside one of those years ago.  Went in to tighten those bolts with no info whatsoever on it.  Swore I'd never do another one but ended up doing quite a few over the years.  They really aren't that bad.

Proper tools and information is the answer on this as well as any other job. Great write-up 1970390amx.
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Originally posted by Joelfanti Joelfanti wrote:

I just took apart and cleaned my tilt steering column.  When I was done I found one single ball bearing on my table. It’s from one of the upper bearings.    The steering wheel works great now. Will it be ok missing one out of 30 bearings ?  I really don’t want to take it all back apart 
Here's what I learned about this situation. I developed play in the column shaft and found a ball bearing on the floor. I ordered replacement bearings and comparing old to new the issue is the teflon/plastic retainer shrinks with age. With a new bearing the retainer and balls cannot fall out, the fit is that tight. 

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